Today's TV tips

Our guide on what to look out for on the box tonight.

Today's TV tips

ENTERTAINMENT: Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (TV3, 7pm – 8.20pm)

This week one of TV’s most hot-tempered chefs, Gordon Ramsay, becomes the target of an audacious stunt as Ant and Dec go Undercover in LA.

Little Ant and Dec will also be going behind the scenes with Mr Selfridge, Jeremy Piven and an unsuspecting audience member gets the surprise of a lifetime.

The Supercomputer starts its journey around the UK in Liverpool, and one unsuspecting member of the public will be launched 150 feet in to the air as they get the chance to win in the brand new game Place on the Plane.

Sarah Millican joins Ant and Dec as the celebrity guest announcer, and Diversity perform in the End Of The Show Show.

And of course, one lucky member of the studio audience will be playing to win the contents of a commercial break on the only show on telly that says ‘Don’t just watch the ads – win them!’

GAME SHOW: The Cube (TV3, 8.20pm – 9.20pm)

SINGING COMPETITION: The Voice UK (BBC1, 7pm – 9.10pm)

All great shows rely on a unique selling point, and while The Voice has one of the best with their blind auditions, sadly once you get past the spinning chair gimmick, the rest of the show tends to be a bit of an anti-climax.

The idea of two competing singers belting out a tune in a boxing ring is bizarre to say the least, but the showrunners of this year’s series have pulled out all the stops to ensure these episodes are far from dull.

After all, with superstar coaches Kylie Minogue, Tom Jones, will.i.am and Ricky Wilson all competing, the banter between the celebs now the competition is hotting up should be more intense than ever.

And added to the mix are a few familiar faces. Joining Team Kylie is her good mate, Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears. Ricky joins forces with singer-songwriter Katy B; Sir Tom’s vocal ally is Brit award-winning rapper Tinie Tempah, and will.i.am is joined by fellow Black Eyed Peas veteran Dante Santiago.

The Lincoln Lawyer (Channel 4, 10pm – 12.15am)

(2011) Mick Haller (Matthew McConaughey), is a cynical defence lawyer who works out of his car. He gets what he thinks is a straightforward case, looking after a man accused of rape.

However, he begins to suspect his client may be guilty of not only this attack, but also an earlier rape case for which another man is currently in prison.

This is a decent, well-polished drama with fine acting from all involved. The bulk of the film is set in the courtroom, but that’s not to say that it becomes tired and repetitive – quite the opposite.

There are enough twists and turns to keep the viewer guessing, and the pace never lets up.

Well-written and suspenseful, it’s well worth a look.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Marisa Tomei, Ryan Phillippe, William H Macy

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 83%

28 Days Later (Film4, 11.05pm – 1.20am)

(2002) Set in a post-apocalyptic, quasi-futuristic Britain, this chiller pits the human race in a bloodthirsty battle for survival.

After monkeys carrying a deadly contagion are released by animal rights activists, almost the entire British population are transformed into slavering, blood-spewing zombies.

A fateful 28 days after the initial outbreak, coma patient Jim awakes in a London hospital, to find a city deserted of all human life, before meeting two uninfected survivors, Mark and Selena, who guide him to safety.

Pulling few punches in terms of violence, audiences of a nervous disposition will find some scenes hard to stomach.

But if you can cope with the blood and gore, this is one of the best horror films of modern times, full of invention and innovation.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Naomie Harris, Brendan Gleeson, Megan Burns, Christopher Eccleston, Noah Huntley

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 87%

A History of Violence (Channel 4, 12.15am – 2am)

(2005) A small-town diner owner receives some unwanted attention after becoming a local hero. Tom looks every inch the average respectable family man.

But, when a couple of crooks enter his establishment hell-bent on gunning the clientele down, Tom steps in and saves the day by killing the hoodlums.

At first, he’s hailed a hero, but soon a stranger arrives and begins asking Tom some very awkward questions.

Is the blue-collar family man hiding a murky past?

This film is absolutely brilliant: visceral, sexy, intelligent and boasting a performance from Viggo Mortensen that shouldn’t have been overlooked by the Oscars.

Director David Cronenberg effortlessly switches between tender family moments and scenes of frightening intensity, while the climax features some of the most affecting scenes of recent times.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Ed Harris, Maria Bello, William Hurt

RottenTomatoes.com Rating: 87%

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